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Diet Soda May Up Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

MIAMI (UPI) — People who drink diet soft drinks daily might have increased risk of vascular events such as stroke, heart attack and vascular death, U.S. researchers said.

Study leader Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University at Miami, and colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said artificially sweetened soft drinks are marketed as healthier alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages, but their long-term health consequences remain unclear, she said.

Gardener and her team examined the relationship between both diet and regular soft drink among 2,564 participants in the Northern Manhattan Study, designed to determine stroke incidence, risk factors and prognosis in a multi-ethnic urban population.

After taking into account pre-existing vascular conditions, including body mass index, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, the researchers found individuals who drank diet soft drinks daily were 43 percent more likely to have suffered a vascular event than those who didn’t drink any.

In addition, those who drank diet soft drinks irregularly — between one a month and six a week — and those who chose regular soft drinks were not more likely to suffer vascular events.

“Our results suggest a potential association between daily diet soft drink consumption and vascular outcomes,” Gardener said in a statement. “However, the mechanisms by which soft drinks may affect vascular events are unclear. There is a need for further research before any conclusions can be drawn regarding the potential health consequences of diet soft drink consumption.”

 

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  • s c

    For any MDs out there, I’d like to issue a challenge. If you are so satisfied that the literature you had in medical school was right, then you need to consider the many reasons why sugar and artificial sugar(s) make some folks RICH, but those added ingredients DON’T make people HEALTHY.
    With the growing proof that artificial sweeteners are bad, it seems safe to conclude that MDs are too busy to protect their patients. In the case of patients who have diabetes, WHY can’t you ‘scientists’ do the math and get the right answer?
    Aside from the fact that you ‘scientists’ don’t attend funerals of your patients, I’ve long suspected that most American MDs prefer a predictable, constant cash flow to having healthy patients.
    God gave us WATER. Man invented coffee, tea and discovered the “joys” of alcohol. Other than setting yourselves on pedestals, WHAT have YOU done for America lately?
    “But I became a doctor to HELP people.” RIGHT. But I’m a scientist. RIGHT. But I’m a peer in good standing. RIGHT. A lot of you are also useful idiot SOBs.
    As much as I dislike most lawyers, at least THEY know how to make you _____ look over your shoulders.

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